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Woodstock City Council Looking To Expand On The Organization of Street Names

Currently some of the names include things like military battles, Mayors of Woodstock, as well as significant local citizens. They would be organized in alphabetical order or by the date of their death.

WOODSTOCK - Woodstock residents may start noticing a pattern when it comes to street names in new developments. 

Woodstock City council has decided to expand on the organization of street names into specific groups. 

Currently some of the names include things like military battles, Mayors of Woodstock, as well as significant local citizens. 

One grouping that is being dropped is former Governor Generals because a number of them stand accused of slavery, supporting slavery or causing suffering to Indigenous people. Another group being moved from the list is all of the names on the cenotaph in Victoria Park. 

Woodstock Mayor Trevor Birtch says they want to make sure they get these street names right.

"We want to make sure that we recognize as many of our own historic figures as possible and there was suggestions as well to make sure the list is very inclusive with social events that are going on right now. Making sure that we have more street names for some of our local dairy roots as well." 

There are more than 100 names on the monument and the difficulty arises when decisions need to be made around which names shall be used. They would be done in alphabetical order or by the date of their death. One new group that will be added is the names of local MP’s and MPP’s, which are more historically significant locally.

(Article submitted by retired reported and Heart FM volunteer Brian Donlevy).

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